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Industry Meetup: Literature 2024 – Programme

Eighth Industry Meetup: Literature

PUBLIC – Publication, Publicity, and Public Persona

2 to 4 May 2024

Refugio (Lenaustrasse 3-4, 12047 Berlin-Neukölln)
Participation is free upon registration

Please register for each event via the link in the event description. For any questions please contact us at anmeldung(at)

Please note: During the Industry Meetup, we offer professional childcare free of charge. When you register, you can simply indicate if you require childcare.


The following events listed are only those in English. For the whole Industry Meetup programme please refer to the whole overview of the programme: Programm Branchentreff Literatur 2024.

Thursday, 2 May 2024

14:00-15:30 // New to Berlin’s literary scene?
Orientation workshop

With: Lucy Jones

Are you new to Berlin’s literary scene? This orientation workshop provides information to people who want to learn more about the many options available in the city. Where are the major (and minor) literary institutions? How can I get involved in the English-language indie lit scene? What opportunities are there for writers to get published? What are the main funding bodies? Which organisations offer specialised consultations?
Lucy Jones will answer these questions and do her best to respond to any others you bring along to this orientation workshop. The workshop will be held in English.


16:00-17:30 // FAQ session: Work stipends for Non-German literature
Bilingual: German and English

With: Estelle Amann & Lilian Engelmann (Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion)

16 May 2024 is the application deadline for the work stipends for Non-German literature awarded by the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion. At this event, representatives of the cultural administration will answer questions that remained unanswered during the info session on 17 April or that arose during the individual application process. This format enables a direct, personal and uncomplicated exchange with the representatives of the programme. The Q&A session will be held in German and English.


Friday, 3 May 2024

10:00-13:00 // Path to Publishing Workshop

Mit: Jane Flett

Join Jane Flett from the Reader Berlin for a practical guide to finding a publisher for your book. After a brief overview of how the publishing process works, we’ll focus on creating a compelling pitch for your manuscript—by way of the cover letter, synopsis, author bio, and elevator pitch. With exercises designed to pinpoint both the emotional heart and marketing hook of your novel, you’ll come away with the knowledge and materials needed to begin the submission process, as well as a deeper understanding of the book you want to write.

Note: this workshop will be focussed on fiction, and is mainly suitable for those writing novels. Please come with a project in mind to pitch!


Saturday, 4 May 2024

10:30-18:00 // BARCAMP
Bilingual: German and English

Moderated by: Katy Derbyshire & Alexander Lehnert

The programme of a BarCamp is not determined in advance. Instead, participants are invited to hold their own 45-minute sessions. Polished talks are not the point here; the aim is rather to swap ideas on current issues relevant to freelance literary work. Sometimes a participant will have recently read up on a subject, and in solidarity share their knowledge with the group. That’s why participants of a BarCamp are referred to as ‘sharers’. The concrete programme is only determined onsite, at the start of the event. Last year, session topics ranged from ‘Artificial intelligence’ to ‘Procrastination’ and ‘How do I organize a convention?’. A few of these conversations will undoubtedly be picked up again this year.

The overwhelming success of the first industry meetup BarCamp in 2023 brought home to all participants, and also to us, what a great need there is for exchange, collaboration and solidarity in the literary scene. That’s why going forward a BarCamp will be a regular component of our industry meetup.

We suspect that many of you have never participated in an event like this. Don’t worry – we’ll be with you every step of the way. On Saturday morning there will also be a newbie-session, where you’ll learn everything you need to know. Those at the beginning of their career are also warmly welcome. You decide for yourselves how you’d like to participate in the BarCamp, whether as an audience member, or by contributing a topic for discussion yourself or ‘adopting’ one from the wish list. The sessions don’t have to, but may, relate to the industry meetup’s overarching theme, ‘Public’.


19:00-21:00 //  A toast with the Lettrétage
Spring reception

We would like to cordially invite you to the Lettrétage reception on the occasion of this year’s Industry Meetup: Literature. In a relaxed atmosphere with a delicious buffet, refreshing drinks and live music, we would like to engage in dialogue and exchange ideas with you. We look forward to spending an inspiring evening together and celebrating the diversity and vitality of Berlin’s independent literary scene.

Music by Lars Voges & Saudia Young


Der Branchentreff Literatur findet im Rahmen des Projekts schreiben&lebenPLUS des Literaturhauses Lettrétage e. V. statt und wird gefördert von der Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Gesellschaftlichen Zusammenhalt sowie dem Europäischen Fonds für regionale Entwicklung (EFRE).

schreiben&lebenPLUS is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).